Outback Canyon Tour
While it is difficult to compare canyons world-wide, Blyde River Canyon is one of the largest canyons on Earth, and the largest 'green canyon' due to its lush subtropical foliage. It has some of the deepest precipitous cliffs of any canyon on the planet, and is known as one of the great wonders of nature on the Africa continent.
The Blyde River Canyon is a significant natural feature of South Africa, located in Mpumalanga, and forming the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment. It is 16 miles (26 km) in length and is, on average, around 2,500 feet (762 m) deep. The Blyderivierpoort Dam, when full, is at an altitude of 665m (2182 feet). The Canyon consists mostly of red sandstone. The highest point of the canyon, Mariepskop, is 6,378 feet (1,944 m) feet above sea level, whilst its lowest point where the river leaves the canyon is slightly less than 1,840 feet (561 m) above sea level. This means that by some measure the Canyon is over 4,500 feet (1,372 m) deep.
Possibly the best view in the whole of the Blyde River Canyon is of the "Three Rondavels", huge, round rocks, thought to be reminiscent of the houses or huts of the indigenous people, known as rondavels. This canyon is part of the Panorama route. This route starts at the town Graskop and includes God's Window, the Pinnacle and Bourke's Luck Potholes.
Eco Explorer will take you to secret routes to get the you into the bottom of the Canyon, and explore the Outback Views that are rarely available to the general tourist from the highest point on Mariepskop, unexplored waterfalls and subtropical trails, where you might get a glimpse of the Knysna Lourie, Purple Crested Lourie, Cape Parrot and the very rare Taita Falcon.
Weather Permitted for the full excursion:
06:00 – Departure
07:00 – Coffee and Rusk on route
08:00 - Blyde Waterfall, 3 or 5 km Tropical Trail, Amazing views of Lowveld and Canyon
12:00 – Picnic Lunch inside the canyon, next to the Blyde River
14:00 – Return to Pickup Point.
Not everyone is content to sit around and lounge about while they are on holiday, there are just some of us that want to get up and go, acquire new knowledge and skills while enjoying time ‘in the bush’. There is no better adventure to do this than spend time on an “Ordinary Ranger Day”, that gives you a glimpse into the lives of our Wildlife Rangers, while learning the secrets of the African Bush and how to feel at one with the spirit of Ancient Africa….
Our Safaris will take you into the Bush for an unforgettable experience. Our ethics together with our professional integrity ensures that our clients can enjoy an unforgettable experience, knowing that their safety is our principal concern.
Ranger Day 06:00 - 12:00 Ending with a meal in the bush – Ranger Style
You can even learn how to shoot a big-bore .458 rifle ….
Afternoon Shoot .458 16:00 - 18:00